How To Plan Your Wedding: The 12-Month Guide

Planning a wedding is overwhelming. There’s usually over a year’s worth of preparation that goes into it! How can you keep everything straight?

Don’t fear! Diamond Bridal Gallery is here to help you every step of your journey! Here is our ultimate 12-month guide to stress-free wedding planning!

Month 12

  • Create a budget.
  • Determine the number of wedding guests.
  • Consider hiring a wedding consultant.
  • Pick a wedding date and time (in accordance with venues and important guests).
  • Think about your wedding theme.
  • Book your ceremony and reception sites.

Month 11

  • Send out save-the-date cards.
  • Invite friends and family to be in your wedding party.
  • Start planning the guest list.
  • Start envisioning the event: food, entertainment, floral.

Month 10

  • Think about, shop for, and order your gown.
  • Shop for bridal shoes and accessories.
  • Research and book wedding professionals: photographer, videographer, reception band/DJ.

Month 9

  • Research and reserve appropriate hotel accommodations for out-of-town guests or those guests who won’t be able to drive home after the wedding.
  • Contact rental companies for reception pieces like chairs, table, tent, etc.
  • Start looking for bridal party attire.
  • Book an engagement shoot (if you would like photos on your invitation or for another purpose).

Month 8

  • Register for gifts.
  • Research a wedding insurance policy.
  • Book ceremony musicians.
  • Order bridesmaid dresses.
  • Plan and book honeymoon.

Month 7

  • If relevant, attend pre-wedding counseling.
  • Order invitations.
  • Order wedding rings.
  • Book a florist.

Month 6

  • Shop for formal wear.
  • Renew or get passports.
  • Interview and book a cake designer.
  • Order wedding stationary for invitations.

Month 5

  • Order wedding cake.
  • Hire a calligrapher, if relevant.
  • Book the rehearsal dinner venue.
  • Almost there—take time to relax!

Month 4

  • Rent groom’s formal wear.
  • Hire wedding day transportation.
  • Prepare ceremony with officiant.

Month 3

  • Mail invitations.
  • Book stylist. Try out wedding day hairstyles.
  • Book makeup artist and go for a trial run.
  • Tip: Write thank you notes as gifts arrive to save time post-wedding.

Month 2

  • Write vows.
  • Purchase gifts for parents, bridal party, and future spouse.
  • Create a wedding program.
  • Order and plan in-room welcome baskets at hotel, if relevant.
  • Buy a guest book.
  • Plan reception seating chart.
  • Create or buy place cards.
  • Break in your wedding shoes. (Start wearing them around the house.)

Month 1

  • Review final RSVP list.
  • Apply for marriage license.
  • Have final gown fitting. (Bring maid of honor so she can learn how to work your dress.) Have dress pressed and bring it home.
  • Make sure your bridesmaids have their dresses set for the wedding.
  • Make final adjustments with vendors.
  • Finalize speeches and itinerary.

2 Weeks

  • Give“must-have shots”list and lists of people in each portrait to photographer and videographer.
  • Deliver song list to DJ or band. Include requested songs and those you don’t want played.
  • Bride haircut and color.
  • Give reception/caterer final head count. (Include hired professionals who will expect a meal.)
  • Attend bachelor/bachelorette parties.

1 Week

  • Supply event manager with vendor requests.
  • Groom’s haircut.
  • Ensure groom and groomsmen attend fittings and have their outfits.
  • Bride has gown pressed or steamed if necessary.
  • Determine wedding party positions during processional.
  • Pack your honeymoon suitcase (if leaving after wedding).

2-3 Days

  • Reconfirm details with all vendors.
  • Hand off all décor and favors to caterer, reception site manager, or wedding planner.
  • Confirm pickup times and locations with transportation services.
  • Provide all wedding professionals with a phone number and point person (who isn’t the bride or groom) to call on the day of the wedding.
  • Write out the checks for unpaid balances. Have tip money set aside.

1 Day

  • Rehearse ceremony.
  • Bring ceremony accessories to site.
  • Attend rehearsal dinner.
  • Give marriage license to officiant.
  • Present gifts to bridal party etc.

Wedding Day!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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